University of Hertfordshire

Title of project:
Group Industrial Projects

Name of project coordinator:
Dr Jesus Rogel-Salazar

Total no. of students expected to participate:
12 students

Size of groups:
Maximum of 4 students

Year in which students will carry out the project:
3rd Year

No. of weeks over which the project will be carried out during one academic year:
24 weeks

Dates over which the project will run during the academic year:
The entire academic year


Brief Description:
The School of Physics Astronomy and Mathematics (PAM) of the University of Hertfordshire will offer the option of undertaking a group industrial project to the students in their third year of the B.Sc in Physics. Currently PAM runs projects on a year-long basis, starting in Semester A (October to December) and continuing during Semester B (January-March/April). 

At the beginning of Semester A, the students are provided with a number of topics proposed by various members of staff and the students are able to propose their own topics. The industrial projects will be listed along with the topics mentioned above. Once a suitable supervisor has been identified, the students embark on their individual projects. 

The nature of the program is quite broad and the aim is for the students to bring together various aspects that have been covered during their studies. The project is requires the same amount work expected for a regular module, i.e. approximately 300 hours (worth 30 credits). During the course of the project the students have to prepare an initial plan where they describe the aims of the project and an initial outline making clear what it is they intend to do and how to achieve it.

Towards the end of Semester A, the students present their progress in a poster session, where they have the opportunity to interact with their fellow students and assess how their project is going. Finally, the students have to prepare a report. In order to tackle this part of the project, during Semester B, the students have to submit a sample chapter and a contents page. This enables them to receive feedback and make any appropriate changes before submitting their final report (approximately 80 pages).